Photo:

ClearCount-wand.jpg

Description:

This radio frequency identification system tracks the number of sponges put into and taken from a patient. It alerts the surgical team if the number out is too low. The wand shown in the photo above is passed over the patient pinpointing the location of the missing sponge. It also does not have the radiation concerns that come with x-ray detection of radio-opaque sponges.

Categories:

Mistake-proofing category: mistake detection
Setting function: grouping and counting
Regulatory function: Warning
Source: Off-the-shelf

Links:

http://www.clearcount.com/_flash_video/Sponge-System.html

Literature:

http://tampabaymedicalnews.com/investors-still-recognize-promise-in-new-surgical-devices-cms-1027

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